Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

My Impact

 

United We Fight. United We Win.

 
  
 

Will You Join the Fight?

United Way fights for the education, earnings opportunity, and essential needs of everyone in our community. Your donation to United Way impacts 1 in 3 lives right here in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties. Your annual United Way gift is at work 24/7 helping people by strengthening the building blocks of a better life – Education, Earnings & Essentials.

Your donation to United Way makes it possible for our network of member agencies and community partners to ensure local people learn more, earn more, and lead safe and healthy lives:

  • children, youth, and adults achieve their potential through EDUCATION;
  • hard working people build their EARNINGS; and
  • everyone has access to the ESSENTIALS, like food, housing, health care, and help during a crisis.

Read about our mission, goals, strategies, and values >>

Read our latest Annual Report >>

 

Why We Fight / How We Fight:

  • A high school graduate earns $700,000 more in a lifetime than a non-graduate
    • 94% of high school seniors in mentoring programs at United Way member agencies graduated & 91% have plans to attend college or vocational school
       
  • 50% of Hoosiers don't have emergency savings to buffer against unexpected financial shocks -- threatening personal financial stability, as well as affecting the economy as a whole
    • $2,900,000 in refunds and tax credits have been returned to local residents through the Free Community Tax Service
       
  • 42% of kids in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties qualify for free or reduced lunch at school. Children facing hunger are more likely to struggle in school and have more social and behavioral problems
    • 1,773,681 meals and 187,714 bags of groceries have been provided to community members at risk of hunger in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties

What Your Donation can Accomplish:

  • 4,435 youth participated in mentoring relationships or high-quality after-school programs designed to help them succeed through United Way. 612 of these youth received job-skills training.
  • To promote early literacy and school readiness skills, United Way partnered with IU Health Riley Physicians for the 'Let’s Read' program to distribute information packets and 6,124 books to children at their six-months to five-years wellness visits
  • The  Free Community Tax Service helped low-income people in Monroe and Owen counties bring back over $2.9 million in refunds and credits. 135 volunteers to help local residents file 2,824 federal returns at 8 full-service VITA sites managed by United Way, including a new full-service Spanish language site, plus 2 sites managed by AARP/TCE. Residents could also file using MyFreeTaxes.com.Clients report using those saved funds (as much as $1,290,568 in tax preparation fees) and increased Earned Income Tax Credits to pay for food, clothing, bills, rent, and to put toward savings.
  • 477 people with disabilities, veterans, and at-risk community members now have safe and stable long-term supportive housing.
  • 1,107 local people, 68% of them children, participated in mental health services at no or low-cost.
  • 87% of people in United Way programs designed to help them recover from crisis and get back on their feet made measurable progress towards self-sufficiency

>> See more results of your donation

 

The Impact of a Dollar:

  • $1/wk equips 5 students with school supplies to thrive academically.
  • $2/wk supplies 25 sack meals to hungry children throughout the year.  
  • $3/wk provides support for one person with a disability to receive on the job training for one month.
  • $9/wk ensures 3 days of emergency shelter service for victims of domestic violence.  
  • $20/wk provides four families in need with vouchers to Opportunity House for clothing and household necessities.

>> See more about the impact of a dollar

 

How We Achieve Results:

>> Member Agencies work with United Way to create success in our community thanks to your donations to the Community Action Fund. We are proud to award funding to these organizations through a local volunteer-led grants process. Click here for a full listing of member agencies.

>> Collaborations bring key partners together to create a stronger community. Click here for a listing of current collaborations.

 

 
  • Born Learning
  • Financial Stability Alliance
  • Monroe Smart Start
  • Familywize Discount Prescription Card
  • Bank On Bloomington